Buffalo Sabres (9-15-2) at Florida Panthers (10-7-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 6, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Florida Panthers -175 / Buffalo Sabres +159 --- Over/Under: 5
The Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers play Saturday at the BB&T Center.
The Buffalo Sabres are playing their best hockey of the season with wins in six of their last eight games. The Sabres are averaging 1.6 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last four games. The Buffalo Sabres have one power play goal in their last seven games and are 5-1 this season when scoring at least three goals. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with eight goals, Tyler Ennis has nine assists and Matt Moulson has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last eight games. Michal Neuvirth has allowed 27 goals on 339 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 52 goals on 597 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Florida Panthers have split their last eight games and are trying to hang in the Atlantic. The Panthers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have scored two power play goals in their last three games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring three or more goals. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 10 goals, Aaron Ekblad has 10 assists and Brad Boyes has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed one pp goal in their last seven games. Al Montoya has allowed 13 goals on 168 shots faced and Roberto Luongo has given up 43 goals on 569 shots.
The Sabres are 12-41 in their last 53 road games and 17-47 in their last 64 overall. The Panthers are 10-1 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 6-15 in their last 21 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
I liked the Florida Panthers heading into the season and they're finally starting to show some of their potential. As long as you don't mind the heavy chalk, Florida has to the pick here at home.